October 2018 Culinary Depot Blog Posts

    Product Highlights - Commercial Mixers and Attachments

    by Dov Soiefer


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    What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “mixer”?

    For me it’s dough. For others it may be pizza or a bakery. But did you know that there is a small easy-to-miss part on the top of most commercial mixers called a “hub” that opens up a whole other world of opportunities -- from grating/shredding to grinding and even slicing! One of the great advantages of these attachments is that its only source of power is from the mixer itself. So as long as your mixer works, your attachment will work (mixers are one of the longest lasting pieces of equipment).

    All you need to do is take the round plate off the front of your hub, insert the attachment into the opening, and tighten the screw on the side of the shaft. And walla -- you’re ready to roll!

    Now although the original attachments can be purchased from the mixer manufacturers, they tend to be very overpriced. Below is a list of all the attachments that are just as good and available at a fraction of the price. And most importantly, they're always in our Monsey, NY showroom and ready to ship immediately.

    Grater/shredder attachment:

    GS-12 Includes a standard 3/16” disc. The kugel blade for this attachment is KD-GD (the GS-22 for the larger mixers take the same blade discs).

    Grinder attachment:

    12HCOMPL Includes knife blade and ¼” grinder plate. We stock replacement knives and many more grinder plate sizes.


    VS-12KDS Can be adjusted to any thickness so multiple blades aren’t needed. This would only work if you already have the GS-12, If you don’t have the attachment and you want to slice, you would have to get the complete slicer attachment VS-12.


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    What is Pumpkin Spice?

    Written by: J. Vigotsky


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    The fall season brings about harvests, festivals, and perhaps most importantly—pumpkin spice. The delicious seasoning is used in everything from pies to drinks to cookies. Even breakfast items like waffles, pancakes, and muffins feature the renowned spice. Although it’s enjoyed by nearly everyone who tries it, there is a mystery surrounding the fall-time spice. This post will answer the question, “What is Pumpkin Spice?”


    Is Pumpkin Spice Made with Real Pumpkin?

    Surprisingly, pumpkin spice traditionally doesn’t have any pumpkin in it. Instead, the spice usually contains a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and ground cloves. Since pumpkin spice is often homemade, many chefs have their own recipes. It’s worth experimenting to find the perfect combination of ingredients that tastes just right. If you find that one spice in the mix is a bit too strong, simply remove some from the recipe.

    Check out this recipe to get started with making your own pumpkin spice.  Once you’ve thoroughly mixed the ingredients, be sure to store the seasoning in an air-tight jar to ensure freshness.  


    Where Did Pumpkin Spice Come From?


    pumpkin spice latte


    Pumpkin spice was originally offered as “Pumpkin Pie Spice” in the 1950s and 60s by brands like McCormick. The seasoning was primarily used as an additive in pies and cake. But it was only a matter of time before it grew in popularity.

    Pumpkin spice coffee was introduced to the world in the 1990s, but Starbucks soon topped that with its Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2004. The revolutionary beverage was the result of a 3-month long recipe experiment. The Pumpkin Spice Latte was a smash hit from the start. And although it’s only seasonal, the hot drink has been served over 200 million times at Starbucks and has been imitated at countless other coffee shops. Anytime you see #PSL on social media, you can be assured someone is enjoying a pumpkin spice latte.


    What is the Future of Pumpkin Spice?

    Today you can’t go anywhere during the fall season without coming across pumpkin spice. While it’s a safe bet that the spice is here to stay, there’s no telling what the future holds. We’re guessing that history will repeat itself, and pumpkin spice will be used in new ways that we currently can’t even imagine.



    Most Popular Food Processors We Stock

    robot coupe r2n

    by Dov Soiefer

    The most basic model we stock is the R2N. Featuring a bowl with an S blade that's used for items that need to be pureed, the R2N which also has a continuous feed option. This model, however, cannot dice at all and a dicing kit cannot be added on even at a later time. A grating disc (27764) is also available.

    Then we stock the R2 DICE, which is basically the same as the R2N but with the dicing option. A 10MM dicing kit is included and other sizes can be purchased separately. We stock all size dicing kits

    Lastly, we stock the CL50 which has an all metal body so it’s more heavy duty BUT works only with continuous feed and does not have a bowl option. The dicing kit is available but must be purchased separately. We also carry Robot Coupe (28061) grating discs.

    In regards to dicing in general, because of the high speed of these units, if you would try to dice a soft tomato it would not give you a perfect cube. Therefore we stock the Dynamic CL006 (3/8”), which although it is a manual machine will dice any fruit or vegetable
    perfectly! We also stock all blade sizes for this model.

    These are only a few of most popular food processors. To view our entire catalog, click here.

    Why Free Samples Are Great for Business

    Written by: J. Vigotsky


    free samples great for business


    “Free Sample” might be the greatest two-word phrase in the English language. Whether you’re getting cheese, chocolate, or some kind of meat on a stick, it’s nearly impossible to say no to a free sample.  And believe or not, offering free samples is a great way to increase long-term profits—as detailed in this article from The Atlantic. Food courts, specialty shops, and Costcos have been benefitting from giving free samples for years, and there are several reasons why restaurant owners should consider adopting the practice.


    Increased Goodwill

    Offering a free taste of an appetizer or a drink is a small gesture that will be much appreciated by your customers. Your customers will not only be more likely to return in the future, but they’ll also recommend your restaurant to friends. You’ll be known for doing something that few other restaurants outside the food court dare to do: give free samples.


    Educates Customers

    It can be tough to bring customers up to speed regarding your restaurant’s newest cocktails and appetizers. And even if customers know about your new offerings, they might have a tendency to stick to known commodities. By giving guests free samples of something they haven’t tried yet, you’ll be helping them make informed decisions when ordering their food and drink.


    More Sales

    According to a Cornell study, increasing customer satisfaction results in more sales at winery tasting rooms. This same concept can easily be applied to bars and restaurants. The more satisfied your customers, the more likely they are to purchase more items. Whether those items are drinks, appetizers, entrees, or desserts, your restaurant will reap the benefits.


    Diners Appreciate Variety

    Alternating free sample offerings encourages customers to frequently visit your restaurant. Whether you decide to offer a different sample every two weeks or every month, the idea is to provide patrons with a good reason to keep coming back. And by providing a unique experience each time, you’ll be doing just that.


    For best results, be sure to keep track of what food and drink samples result in the most purchases. Weigh this against the cost of offering the samples to decide what samples are the most profitable for your restaurant. This will help you plan future samples while ensuring that your restaurant maximizes profit.


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    The Role of Robots in Restaurants

    Written by: Upserve


    restaurant robots


    It’s 2018 and our world is rapidly becoming more and more technology focused—and that technology is becoming more and more focused on robots and AI, even in the restaurant industry.

    As Dr. Deepak Sekar told Upserve, “The proliferation of robots handling repetitive tasks in the kitchen will enable humans to focus on more creative pursuits, such as recipe development, as well as interpersonal front-of-house interactions,” adding that he believes that robots will play an integral role in restaurants for years to come.


    A.I in Restaurants

    Most successful restaurants are integrating technology into their day-to-day processes. Online Ordering integrations mean fewer staff-hours are spent answering phones. Restaurant POS systems are replacing pen and paper, and inventory is no longer done by hand. Most restaurants are launching digital loyalty programs, nixing the punch hole of yesteryear. The data backs up these trends; Engaged loyal customers spend 60% more than others, for example. The next logical step is for robots to start entering the workforce.


    Robots in the Kitchen


    flippy the robot burgers


    Right now, the majority of robot work in the restaurant industry is being carried out in the kitchen. As CNBC reports, a startup based in (you guessed it) southern California called Miso Robotics built a robot aptly named Flippy to replace the work of fry cooks. “Flippy employs machine learning and computer vision to identify patties on a grill, track them as they cook, flip and then place them on a bun when they’re done.” Other robots like Flippy include Frobot and Sally, a salad-making bot that, unlike the others, operated in a front of house capacity.

    Posted in places like the lobby of a busy Silicon Valley hotel, Sally’s work is customizable. Users are able to tinker with her salad outputs based on variables like calorie count and the addition or subtraction of ingredients based on taste preferences or allergies. Because all of Sally’s ingredients are sanitary and kept separate from the rest, cross-contamination of allergens and the risk of foodborne illness is reduced.

    However, as many benefits as restaurant industry robots might have to offer, there are certainly some drawbacks that have to be considered.


    What it Means for Workers

    “Fry cooks, the people who flip burgers (or fillets) all day on a hot grill”—and who Flippy is essentially designed to replace—“move on from the job faster than others in the field,” continues CNBC. While on one hand it’s an advantage for restaurant owners to not have to hassle with turnover and the drain of constant hiring and training of new employees, the proliferation of robots like Flippy will surely eliminate jobs that some Americans rely on.

    “About 80 percent of job losses in American manufacturing over the past 30 years, for example, were the result of technological displacement. And recent studies indicate that the pattern will spread across other industries,” according to a Washington Post article that covered one Flippy robot being laid off from a gig in California for being too slow. Customers flooded the restaurant to get a glimpse of the new burger-making ‘bot, but in doing so created more traffic than Flippy could keep up with.


    What Lies Ahead


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    While robot creators are adamant that their technology isn’t going to replace human jobs, it appears that the sentiment might objectively be true. Saru Jayaraman, a co-founder of the worker advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, told Eater that robots in the kitchen could actually lead to an increase in restaurant employment in the future, pointing to the case of California. The state is “ground zero for both the booming restaurant industry and for automation in restaurants. For starters, even as automation becomes more commonplace in California, restaurant employment there has exploded, increasing 45 percent from 2001 to 2016,” Eater reports.  It’s also true that feeling special and taken care of in a restaurant are human emotions that can best be delivered by other humans.  That’s why it’s important that restaurateurs continue asking their guests for feedback and ways to improve.  So while robots will continue to get more advanced and capable, we believe there will always be a place for humans to deliver remarkable hospitality.

    While the future of restaurant work can’t be predicted for certain, chances are robots are going to have a role in it. But it will be up to humans to determine what that role will be.